Whether you, dear reader, have a different way of celebrating the Holidays this December, it doesn’t hurt to get a bit festive until Christmas and Hanukkah– which are about three weeks away– begin. So here’s a playlist of the Top 10 songs you should listen to this month that is sure to get you into that Holiday spirit.
#10: The Jimmies “I Want A Hippopotamus For Hanukkah”
“…I want a hippopotamus for Christmas/ Only a hippopotamus will do/ Don’t want a doll/No dinky tinker toy…”
You can already tell from the lyrics that this two minute and twenty-two-second song will be an enjoyable treat to listen to and will most likely leave you smiling in amusement. Although it isn’t too long, it gets its message across very well, and you can also find an acted out version of this song on Youtube that I highly recommend you watch.
#9: Andy Williams “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
“…It’s the most wonderful time of the year / There’ll be much mistltoeing / And hearts will be glowing/ When loved ones are near…”
Here’s a classic that you have probably heard numerous amount of times in the mall, your favorite coffee shop or somewhere out in public at some point this December. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was first composed in the 60’s and is sung by Andy Williams, who’s made countless Christmas songs spanning from “Sleigh Ride”, “The Christmas Song”, “Happy Holiday/ Holiday Season”, and among others. It’s a great song to listen to entering December that’s bound to put you in that Holiday spirit, so if you are looking for that particular song, this one will do the trick. As I’ve said, though, you’ll be hearing this version and other versions of this song for almost the entire month, so be warned, dear reader.
#8: Frank Sinatra “Let it Snow”
“…The fire is slowly dyin’ / And, my dear, we’re still goodbyin’ / As long as you love me so/ Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…”
“Let It Snow!” was first made in 1945 and first sung by Vaughn Monroe, has been covered countless times over the years, but looking specifically at the 19th century, I believe the Frank Sinatra version to be the best version of that time. Why? I believe it has a variety of incidental music playing (background music) that makes the song much more lively to listen to, plus Frank Sinatra’s astounding voice, which gives this particular version a lot of elements to keep you listening.
#7: Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock”
“…Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet / Jingle around the clock / Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin’ feet / That’s the jingle bell rock…”
This will be the last song I’ll be mentioning that came out during the 19th century, “ Jingle Bell Rock” though is, in my opinion, a notably fun, catchy, and “dancey” song that will leave you reciting the verses repeatedly throughout your day. The intro of the song starts with a guitar solo, which you can hear sometimes throughout, then tambourines–which gives the listener that Holiday feel– and eventually Bobby Helm commencing the song energetically with some background vocals to spice up this number. So if you are not into that slow-paced kind of music then this song is just for you since it’s tone is quite upbeat and joyful.
#6: Polar Express “Hot Chocolate”
“…Here, we’ve only got one rule: / Never ever let it cool! / Keep it cookin in the pot, / You’ve got-
Hot choc-o-lat!… “
This score comes from the 2004 movie The Polar Express and is sung by Tom Hanks himself. Yes, this song technically isn’t a Christmas song but it’s a nostalgic work of art that will, for those who have watched this movie, be a walk through memory lane when you watched this as a child in the movie theater or during the last day of school before you got out for Holiday break. So if you haven’t listened to this song or watched the Polar Express, definitely check this film out at any point this month because if you don’t know who Tom Hanks is– he plays the conductor– his performance in this film is fabulous.
#5: Michael Buble “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
“…It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas / Toys in every store / But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be / On your own front door…”
Originally sung by Johny Mathis in the 50’s, this is another Christmas song that’s been covered many times. But I consider this version to be one of the best because of Michael Buble’s deep voice that makes the lyrics highly satisfying to listen to, especially when singing the chorus. Then his performance in the hooks, which are the parts of a song with small sentences to catch the listener’s attention, are great; though this particular Christmas song is moderately lazy in tempo, you should give it a chance before the Holiday season ends.
#4: Sam Smith “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“…Through the years we all will be together / If the fates allow / Hang a shining star upon the highest place…”
Originally sung by Judy Garland in the 40’s and still to this day being covered, I consider this version to be one of the best in pop culture for both the 20th-21st centuries. But this piece does a great job of being simple, while other versions feel too over the top, and delivering a tone that feels… thankful in a way. If you also like any Holiday song that includes a piano playing in the background, then your probably going to appreciate this cover since the piano solo you’ll hear is extremely well done and makes this piece an overall beautiful to listen to.
#3: Colbie Caillat “ Baby It’s Cold Outside”
“…My mother will start to worry / (Beautiful, what’s your hurry) / My father will be pacing the floor / (Listen to the fireplace roar) / So really I’d better scurry…”
We’ve finally reached #3 and I feel this particular version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” deserves this ranking on this Holiday playlist because it’s a great duet between singers Colbie Caillat and Gavin Degraw. The incidentals in the background make the song “ pop-out “ and compared to other versions, there isn’t an unnecessary pause between both singers during this duet, except during the bits of conversation in parts of the song which are somewhat humorous… in a good way though. It also gives off a wear-your-pajamas-with-a-hot-beverage sort of aesthetic which makes this song a joy to listen to every year during the Holiday month but, in general, it’s a great piece to listen to.
#2: Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
“…I don’t want a lot for Christmas / There is just one thing I need, and I / Don’t care about the presents / Underneath the Christmas tree / I don’t need to hang my stocking / There upon the fireplace…”
It was probably expected that this song would be among this Holiday playlist but here’s the song that’s played almost everywhere you go, or have had to hear at some point in your life of living. If you’ve somehow have never encountered this song, you’re almost definitely going to fall in love with it, like so many other people, the first time you hear it because of all the ingredients it has to offer. The drums, tambourines, the choir you can hear throughout the song crescendoing in a particular verse, and let us not forget Mariah Carey’s incredible voice all together make an unforgettable piece. This song is a joy to listen to every December, so while we’re still in the Holiday season, find some time to listen to it– you will find yourself playing it back every single hour and day after you listen to it once.
#1: Ariana Grande “Santa Tell Me”
“…Santa, tell me if you’re really there / Don’t make me fall in love again if he won’t be here / Next year / Santa, tell me if he really cares…”
This Christmas song is an original that was first sung by Ariana Grande in 2013 that has never been covered and being the case it has a lot of new things to offer in regards to lyrics, incidentals, melody, and rhythm in which I feel hasn’t been introduced in any Holiday song that has been covered or released over the past years. This being a pop Christmas song, if you didn’t know, it’s very fast-paced that’s aimed towards a younger audience, so if you take a listen you may not like it, but it doesn’t mean it’s not for anyone though.
This is the end of this Top 10 Holiday Playlist, thank you for reading this far, for checking out this article though in general, hope you, dear readers, fall for some of these compositions on this playlist. Happy Holidays everyone!